June 18, 2014
The OpenCape Network Completes Successful First Year Offering Fiber-Optic Broadband
By Jyothi Shanbhag
OpenCape Corporation, a non-profit corporation that provides a regional communications network and its partner CapeNet LLC, are celebrating the successful one year of their open-access fiber-optic OpenCape Network. The OpenCape network caters to the needs of its customers located in Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.
OpenCape initiated to build a comprehensive middle mile communications network to support the economic, educational, public safety and governmental needs of the southeast Massachusetts region.
OpenCape chose CapeNet team because it brought a combination of national and international telecommunications experience and a comprehensive understanding of the region’s needs.
Dan Vortherms, OpenCape CEO said, “Our partnership with CapeNet has been extremely successful and productive. We're especially pleased that CapeNet has taken initiative above and beyond delivering service to the Anchor Institutions.”
The original network crossed 350 miles through 37 towns and later CapeNet and OpenCape worked together to add more than 100 new miles of fiber routes, including additional connectivity in southeastern Massachusetts and new connections into Boston and Cambridge.
The core fiber optic backbone is constructed on Cape Cod with extensions to two major regional network connection centers in Providence and Brockton, a microwave radio overlay that includes Martha’s Vineyard, and a regional collocation center in Barnstable Village.
Alan Davis, President and CEO of CapeNet said that in the past year, they have won high-profile commercial customers for whom data is mission-critical and they chose Capenet and the OpenCape Network, because their service is more reliable and have an advanced network that's on a par with the best networks in the world.
The first years new customer list includes name such as Joint Base Cape Cod (formerly called Otis AFB), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the towns of Falmouth, Barnstable and Truro, Cape Cod Commission, Barnstable County, Hydroid, Woods Hole Group, MegaNet, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Lightower, Granite Block Data Center and Taunton Municipal Power and Light.
“For these big data users, our prices are competitive and we're winning sales in head-to-head competition against other service providers,” Davis added.
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